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VR - To buy, or not to buy?
AdmiralP  posted on Apr 25, 2016 4:49:32 PM - Report post

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originally posted by Tnor

I have both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift since saving up for them. Had both Day 1.

Truthfully? If you're looking for interactive gaming..the market is weak. Skip it unless you're into cartoonish games.

Otherwise their real value is for home entertainment/movie-viewing experiences.

Not to mention the GPU costs of the upgrade is serious for a lot of people.

Thanks a million... this is really the info I was looking for, and where my biggest concerns lie. I'm fortunate enough that my existing config will not need to be upgraded on my PC to enjoy Oculus Rift or Vive, but I really only want it for interactive gaming.

This settles my decision on whether or not to hold off even further. Hopefully, the PS4 version will be more game oriented... but even though it is specifically for a gaming console I'm not holding my breath at this point. I'll probably be holding off for at least another year.

[Edited by AdmiralP, 4/25/2016 4:50:19 PM]

agentx250  posted on Apr 25, 2016 6:19:51 PM - Report post

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At the moment it is a waste for anything but simulators that support it.

On top of costing a fair amount for the VR gear itself, you also need a fairly beefy rig to run games in VR with higher visual settings.

I'd wait a few years and see how it evolves, lest we forget 3D gaming and how that went over.

KeeperUsiel  posted on Apr 25, 2016 9:52:46 PM - Report post

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For me, VR is a non-starter at this time. It's not the cost or the lack of games. It's the fact that I wear glasses. Not huge glasses, nor oddly shaped glasses.

I've tried both the Vive and the OR and they both impinge on the arms of my glasses and press them in to the side of my head, which is very uncomfortable after a short duration of time. Also, there just isn't enough depth of field yet, or at least enough of an adjustment for one, that really suits my prescription. The feeling around the office is mutual for those of us whom wear glasses and have tried both.

Clearly, other people are going to have differing experiences so what doesn't work for me may work just fine for someone else.

mrpayday  posted on Apr 26, 2016 11:02:01 AM - Report post

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I will wait for the second iteration of VR procucts as the new devices will be more polished and optimized after the "early adopters" got used to the VR 1.0 stuff and gave feedback.
I will buy VR 2.0 with a new PC for xmas 2017.
deathcoy  posted on May 16, 2016 10:32:58 AM - Report post

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VR is still pretty much still in the testing and experimental phase. Many devs are just beginning to get their feet wet therefore more VR games does not mean quality games. So what if theres tons of planned VR games when they're all mediocre family couch games. The game industry will also need to evolve together with VR tech. VR in RTS games or current MMORPG games is pointless and unrealistic now. Moreover the price tag is not fit for full blown commercial usage. Let others test the waters first.
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